This article was published in August 2021 and may be outdated.
Your electronics and appliances can be vulnerable to outages. To protect them from possible damage:
- Unplug them: Unplug expensive electronics and appliances. This includes TVs, computers, game consoles, audio equipment and lights, etc.
- Use surge protectors: When you can’t unplug electronics, plug-in or point-of-use surge protectors can help prevent any damage. A licensed electrician can also install a surge suppressor at your main service panel. Electrical panels in some new homes come with surge protective equipment already installed.
- Turn off the lights: Keep one light plugged in and turned on, so you will know when the electricity comes back on.